Traveling around Finland for 1 Month you find some SUPER places to eat and enjoy.
So what does Finnish cuisine include? Fish, Potatos, Berries and more! With Finland being So far in the North, traditionally vegetables and fruits were hard to come by the majority of the year – but things are different now and things are available all year round. YUM. One of the major downfalls of Finnish Cuisine? only its Cost. It really pulls out every last penny to cook in Finland. But this Nordic country isn’t known for it’s affordability either! So eat up!
- The potato is considered holy by the Finnish state church, and it was illegal to waste potatoes until 1998 when the law was overturned.
I lived in Ottawa for 4 Years throughout my Undergraduate degree – Ottawa has some amazing dining delights that are (mostly) all centralized in the Byward Market.
Visiting Japan for 2 Weeks with friends- Amazing food at incredibly reasonable prices.
Does Japanese cuisine have more than Sushi? You bet it does! Japan has a wide assortment of food, but most of the food includes seafood and fish. If you are allergic or just do not like seafood or fish- you probably will not enjoy much more than Rice! Seafood served raw is sashimi, simmered in a pot, grilled over charcoal, or deep-fried is tempura -Japanese chefs have many ways to prepare fish and shellfish.
- In one year, the average Japanese person eats slightly more than their own weight in seafood.
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Living in Bangkok for 6 Months – you find some GREAT places to eat and enjoy.
So what does Thailand cuisine include? Noodles, Chilies that make me cry, Fresh vegetables, Curries and More! Thailand has a wide assortment of food, all of which is spicy (unless asked otherwise – “my pet” – No spice). The food is highly aromatic, filled with amazing fresh vegetables, and known for its mixture of four taste senses: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. All of which makes me salivate just thinking of.
- Thai food is eaten with a Fork and a Spoon. Not with Chopsticks, as the surrounding Asian countries do. The fork was introduced during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV (1851 – 1868) to “westernize” the country.
Throwing food away if not finished during the meal enrages the Thai god of rice. She is the deity who watches over the people to ensure everyone is fed. Bad luck or famine may result.
So lets get to it! What are the traditional foods of Thailand that you MUST try?
- Sticky Rice with Everything
- Phad thai – Rice noodles with fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, peanuts, egg. Choice of meat.
- Khao tom – Rice soup with pork, chicken or shrimp
- Khao khai chiao – Omelet on top of white rice
- Tom yam – hot & sour soup with meat
- Kaeng khiao wan/Kaeng phanaeng/Kaeng phet – Curry – Green, Coconut, or Red. Green chillies, basil, and chicken or fishs.
- Som tam – Papaya salad
- Khao phat – Fried rice with any of: Chicken, Shrimp, Beef, Pineapple, Crab, Coconut, Veggies.
- Khao soi – Chicken curry soup with crispy noodles
- Stir-fried prawn with curry powder
- Kai Med Ma Muang – Chicken with cashew nuts
- Lots, Lots More!
And for Dessert?
- Khao niao mamuang – Mango & Coconut Sticky Rice
Mango Sticky Rice!
- Ruam mit – Water chestnuts in coconut milk.
- Deep Fried Banana drizzled in Chocolatee
- Sang Som – Whisky Thai style – Cheap and toxic!
- Fresh Squeezed Juice: Mango, banana, Orange
- Coconut Milk
- Chang Beer
Thailand is an extremely vegetarian friendly country. All foods come in vegetarian options, and with the abundance and diversity of vegetables, if vegetarianism is ever being considered- Thailand is the place to start! Thailand is known for its amazing street foods which comes at amazing value. There is a less formal dining experience required, but if you want to enjoy a sit-down meal, it will cost you more, but here is a list of some of the restaurants I’ve been and I’ve loved!
- Cabbages & Condoms (Sukhumvit soi 12) $$$
- Soi 38 street food (After 19:00 there are stalls open with everything) $
- The Mango Tree (Soi Tantawan, Surawongse Road) $$$
- Doo Dee (Siam Square Soi 4) $$$
$ = 0 – 100 THB $$ = 100 – 250 THB $$$ = 250 – 400 THB $$$$ = Too Many THB
Overall, Thailand food is some of the best in the world. I can’t wait to return!
Living in Buenos Aires are 8 Months – you find some GREAT places to eat and enjoy.
So what is Argentine cuisine include? Beef Beef and more Beef. Basically. Argentina is known for the amazing quality Beef.
- Argentine annual consumption of beef has averaged 100 kg (220 lbs) per capita.
Are you convinced about the Beef Yet?
Also, the food is highly influence from the strong Italian and Spanish decent of the majority of the population. There is nothing more innately Argentinian than the Asado (BBQ Meat). But some more of the traditional foods (aka list of Meat types) include:
- Chorizo (pork sausage)
- Morcilla (blood sausage)
- Chinchulines (chitterlings)
- Mollejas (sweetbread)
- Milanesas – Breaded and fried meat (schnitzel)
- Empanadas (stuffed pastries)
- Fideos, Tallarines, ñoquis, ravioles and canelones (Pastas)
- Medialunas (Croissants)
And for Dessert?
- Dulce de Leche – Sweet Milk – somewhat similar to Caramel. (Goes on EVERYTHING)
- Alfajores – Sandwiched shortbread cookies with dulche de leche between
- Helada – Ice cream! As delicious if not better than “gelato” from Italy
- Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine – With a famous Wine region like Mendoza, if you’re not taking advantage of the cheap delicious wine – you’re missing out!
- Mate – a type of loose leaf tea (yerba mate) shared communally in a cup, and drank through a straw (bombilla)
- Quilmes Beer – national beer – cheap and not all that bad either
Yes, I do not eat Beef or Pork, which means I am missing a SUBSTANTIAL portion of the Argentina cuisine, But none the less, Here is a list of some of the places I’ve been and I’ve loved!
- Cocina Sunae – South East Asian Food (Closed Door Restaurant: cocinasunae.blogspot.com) $$$
- Ceviche – Peruvian/Japanese Fusion Food (Costa Rica 5644) $$$ (could be $$$$)
- Chan Chan – Peruvian Food (Hipolito Yrigoyen 1390) $
- Oui Oui – Brunch/Lunch French Influenced Food (Nicaragua 6068 & 6099) $$
- Sarkis – Middle Eastern Food (Thames 1101) $
- Il Dallo del Mattone – Italian Food (Gorriti 5936) $
- Fabrica del Taco – Mexican Food (Gorriti 5062) $
- Osaka – Japanese Food (Solar 5608) $$$ (could be $$$$)
$ = 0 – 30 ARS $$ = 31-65 ARS $$$ = 66 – 100 ARS $$$$ = Too Many ARS
For more great restaurants, check out Guia Oleo for restaurant reviews. It is in Spanish, but just turn on your Auto Translate on your Browser.
OUr univeristy hosted a cooking day for us. they took us to a fantastic market and then took us to the head coordinator, Pi Maa’s, house to cook. I was in charge of peeling the shrimp! I could handle that. We were shown how to cook Pad Thai, Tomyum Soup, and Mango with Sticky Rice!
This is mango with sticky rice! OMG it is faaaaaaaaantastic. It is basically just rice coconut milk and sugar, but it sure makes for one delicious snack!!
On our way back from Pi Maa;s house, just as we were crossing the bridge to our apartment, we hear a HUGE bang and our driver pulls over. This is what the bang was! Our tire blew!! haha. So the driver started to call people to come help, but two of our exchangers, Dhruv and Bruno, busted out the manly skills and changed out tire for us!! Who knew boys were so handy!! haha it was great!!
Last week we all went to a pool party hosted by the other university, Chula, in Bangkok. It was a pool party hosted at a hotel with the pool on the rooftop! How amazing. This is a shot of the pool with a bunch of people around. There was free alcohol and food for the evening at a cost of…..zero dollars!! They were charging 500 Baht ($15), but there wasnt anybody at the pay table when I entered so a group of us just got in for free!! It was great!! This is Eli and I at the pool party. Eli goes to Western in London Ontario. My fellow Canadian!! Woot! haha